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Neurodiversity

A guide reframing common neurological traits as strengths and how to navigate within a school environment.

Welcome!

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. - Margaret Mead

Welcome 

When people think of ADHD, autism and other conditions we often see those from a disease-based perspective originated in human brain science and a disability culture that has influenced our past 70 decades. This perspective lacks an anthropology or sociology framework and therefore disregards individual differences from the standpoint of a diversity model.

This guide provides learning resources to further understand some brain conditions from a diversity perspective, highlighting how some cultural values affect our perceptions of these brain conditions. In addition, with a strength-based approach, we can appreciate our diversity of brain strengths, talents and aptitudes, and recognize and nurture neurodiversity.   

This guide is based on the work of Thomas Armstrong, Howard Gardner, and Norman Doidge

Go Beyond the Guide

Beyond the resources in this guide, the Academic Success Centre offers diversity training to students across different programs and campuses to prepare them not only for the classroom but for their future in the workplace:

Disability Awareness Couse in LEARN

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